Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Review: Split Second by Kasie West

Before I get started with my review, I would just like to mention that this is the SECOND book in a duology, so if you plan on reading this book, you should read the book, Pivot Point, first.

The concept of the Pivot Point duology is so clever and original. Split Second was a fantastic sequel; it was similar to the first book in that the book was told in two perspectives, however, this book is told from the points of views of two different people: Addie and Laila, her best friend. I loved this structure and it wasn’t confusing at all to follow because the two characters have very different personalities. I was annoyed with Laila in the beginning, but I ended up loving her perspective because she’s so funny, sarcastic, and a great best friend. 
There’s a huge mystery aspect in this novel, which was suspenseful and exciting. I loved the great communication between the characters (there’s nothing more frustrating than silly, unnecessary miscommunication) and the romance was adorabllleee. This novel was action-packed and refreshing to read.
I couldn’t put this book down until I finished the entire thing because the plot was so intriguing. This sequel is more dystopian than the first book because it talks more about the world they live in and the government that runs everything. I would definitely recommend marathoning this duology because once you read the first book, you’ll want to start the second book immediately. This book is BETTER than the first, by far. The ending leaves readers happy, which is exactly what I was looking for.
There should definitely be more books with these awesome characters! It would be cool to see novellas in Trevor and Connor's point of views, and of course, I would love to read more about Addie and Laila!

Two of my favorite quotes from the  book: 
My shortened book review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/966812917

Friday, June 20, 2014

☼Day at Capitola Beach + What’s in my Beach Bag?☼

Hello! A couple days ago, I went on a family trip to Capitola Beach, which is in Santa Cruz, CA. I took pictures and thought I'd share them on here. It was a beautiful (a bit windy) day out; we got there around 10:30 in the morning and people were just arriving, so find a parking spot and a spot on the beach was easy.


After laying on the beach and reading for a couple hours under the fairly warm weather, I walked around and got some delicious Thai food for lunch.
Chicken Pad Thai!
Thai Iced Tea!
By that time, the sun was extremely bright and it was very, very hot out. Before we left at around 4, basically all I did was tan and read near the ocean.
I thought that it would be exciting to show what I brought to the beach. As an overpacker, I strongly believe that it's good to be prepared and the following is a LONG list of everything that was in my beach bag (which is from Juicy Couture):
cell phone (can't ever forget this:P)
sunglasses & glasses
sunscreen (note: never underestimate the sun)
book- Reboot (I finished it and it was awesome!)
magazine- InStyle June issue w/ Shailene Woodley on the cover
cardigan (just in case it gets windy near the beach)
swimsuit (I didn't end up going in the water because it was cold, but it's good to have this just in case)
flip flops (obviously I wore these on my feet, but I wanted to include it on this list:)
camera  
And that's pretty much it. I hope to be blogging a lot this summer, so I'll see you all in my next post!
~Catherine